Last chance to have your say on community mental health services

By on 29/05/2014 in News

mental-health-consultationHealth chiefs in Birmingham are seeking public views as part of a wide-ranging review of community mental health services across the city.

A three-month consultation draws to a close on June 6 but there is still time to have your say ahead of a service redesign.

We would particularly like to hear your views if you have:

  • Personal experiences of using primary care and community mental health services.
  • Views about the information that is currently available about primary care and community mental health services.
  • Views as to how we can make primary care and community mental health services better.

What services are we talking about?

  • Talking therapies
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Recovery, Enablement and Prevention Services

Download the consultation document: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/adults-communities/mental-health-service-redesign/consultation

Background

  • It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in Birmingham aged 18-64 (1 in 4 people across all ages) experience mental health problems.
  • There is a gap between the number of people expected to have mental health problems in Birmingham (140,582) and the number of people recorded by GPs as having a mental health problem (91,467).
  • A person living in an inner City ward is twice as likely to experience mental health problems than someone in neighbouring affluent wards.
  • Many mental health services are focused on delivering care for schizophrenia and more serious mood conditions. This does not cover the whole spectrum of population need.
  • There has been a steady increase in prescriptions for anti-depressants, which raises questions about whether and how anti-depressants and psychological therapies are balanced in treatment pathways.
  • 10.5% of women (out of 18,479) declared at the first maternity booking that they had experienced previous mental health problems.

For more information please visit the Be Heard website: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/adults-communities/mental-health-service-redesign

Or to complete the online consultation please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HQKJK5R

For more information about the consultation, email NHSBCCCG.BirminghamJCT@nhs.net or call 0121 675 8270

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